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Edna Emma Pollis

July 30, 1933 - December 16, 2018

Edna Emma Pollis Edna Emma Pollis

Edna Emma (Lippe) Pollis passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. Edna was born in Priddy, Texas on July 30, 1933 to Otto and Adelheid Lippe. She and her ten siblings grew up on a farm, experiencing the many adventures and hardships of farm life. While she sometimes missed school to stay home and pick cotton, Edna excelled in her studies. She pursued her lifelong passion for learning, moving to Norman, Oklahoma after high school, eventually obtaining her master's degree in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.

She went on to a long career as research coordinator for OU's development department, where her commitment and attention to detail helped the university raise millions of dollars in support of its many educational programs and activities.

Following her divorce from Nicholas Pollis in 1967, Edna raised her daughter, Adele, while going to school and working. With the women's movement just dawning, being a divorced woman with a child was not easy. Her attempts to obtain a credit card were for naught as it was not possible at the time without the signature of a husband!

But Edna persevered and her determination to move beyond the confines of traditional roles and expectations led to a full and rich life. After retiring from OU, she became a docent at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, where she shared her knowledge and love of anthropology and Native American culture for more than 18 years.

Her time as a docent brought much joy, including meeting many new friends and the love of her life, Don Batchelor. She and Don spent several wonderful years together, traveling to favorite places such as Santa Fe, New Mexico and visiting family in California, Florida, and Massachusetts.

Edna's spirit, intellectand never-ending quest to learn about, and understand the world around herwill be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving her. She joins her loved onesMutter Adelheid and vater Otto; sisters Martha, Arlene, Meta, and Ella; brothers Otto, Fritz, George "Shorty" and Carl; sisters-in-law Sue Lippe, Janet Lippe, and Margie Lippe; brothers-in-law Ervin Grelle and Howard Robbins; and her dear Donin the peace and tranquility of the afterlife.

She survived by her daughter Adele Pollis and son-in-law Bob Menicocci; brother Edwin Lippe and sister-in-law Grace Lippe, brother Ruben Lippe, brother-in-law Ronald Mitchell, and sister-in-law LaVerne Lippe; close friends Rhonda Lewis and Tom Scarbrough, Wanda O'Neil, and Vicki Ness; and dozens of nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Friends and family gathered for a celebration of her life in December, and her ashes will be returned to the earth near her birthplace of Priddy, Texas. Donations in her memory may be made to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art or the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." Max Ehrmann.

Rest easy sweet little Edna Emma.
Published on January 11, 2019
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Kristen Hipol
Jan 14, 2019
Thank you for your passion for knowledge. May you rest in peace.
Deborah Kay
Jan 14, 2019
As an Education Officer at the Sam Noble since its opening, I knew Edna for all the years she volunteered. She was always deeply interested in the museum and in being the best docent she could be. After I left the museum, I would often see Edna (and sometimes Don, too) at La Baguette and we would sit and have lunch. I enjoyed these lunches and coffees so much and got to know Edna better through our conversations which were a joy. I miss her now each time I go and she is not there. She had a wonderful life full of service to her community, and I am grateful to have known her. Blessings to her family and friends.
Don Batchelor Jr
Jan 11, 2019
We will miss Edna's smile and stories of growing up on a farm. Edna was 50 years ahead of her time and she and my dad where the best couple ever in there later years. They found each other in late in life and acted like a couple school kids around each other. Thanks Edna for taking such good care of my dad and the happiness you brought into his life.....Don Jr.
Adele Pollis
Jan 09, 2019